Notable preservation designs that received awards from Baltimore Heritage included the Fells Point Police Station, the Shakespeare Theater, 520 Park Avenue, the second floor renovation above City Cafe and MICA's conversion of 1801 Falls Road into their Social Design department and many others.
|Daniel Henson (second from right) and his team receiving the award for their upper Fells Point project Fells Point Station|
Marty Azola received the Douglas Gordon Award for his many decades of developing outstanding preservation projects from the Towson jail to the just recently completed Ivy luxory hotel.
Maybe most memorable was Mark Thistel's introduction for the award to the Downtown Partnership for their 2011 initiative of the downtown designation of historic landmarks, a significant change of mind regarding historic preservation.
This was not an easy task, because those houses were mere ruins (see photos below) when we started under a program for tax credits really designed for homeowners and not a CDC. There were marble wainscot panels to be collected in the basements and installed back at the entry vestibules, balusters to be constructed from scratch while newel posts that had somehow miraculously survived in some instances needed to be kept. One ruin had to be clawed back from city condemnation and all had to be documented in the lovely three part tax credit applications to be filled out for each property individually and approved by both the Maryland Historic Trust (MHT) and the National Park Service.
There is some irony to the current condition that such buildings either perish entirely by neglect or they are restored to the famous Standards of the Secretary of the Interior which are, shall we say, meticulous. There should be something between these extremes, but that is another story.
Klaus Philipsen, FAIA
|The Druid Heights Community is a once flourishing rowhouse community|
where enough of the fabric and many occupied homes still line major arteries like McCulloh and Druid Heights
that demolition would be a bad option.
|From the front houses still look reasonably intact|
|From the inside utter devastation makes historic preservation according to the rules an almost impossible task|
|Features like the mosaic tiles, the ceiling medaillons, the plaster moldings and stair railings need to be|
painstakenly restored or reconstructed.
|Stair configurations, locations and railing details had to be restored to a state as they used to be when intact|
|Roscoe Johnson of the Druid Heights CDC sits on a|